Sunday, July 20, 2014

Temple Education

I took my kids up to the LDS Church History Museum and Temple Square in Salt Lake City last week. A couple of different missionaries stopped us and told us things about the temple. I've been there many times before, but am no expert in the history. I learned some new things.
Did you know that there used to be lights on each of the spires on the Salt Lake City LDS temple and on a crown on the Angel Moroni? Someone had to climb up on the roof to replace them. In 1930 flood lights started to be used and the spire lights eventually weren't used any more and the crown was removed.
I thought I'd look it up online to find more information on that and found an article The Salt Lake Temple by Dean R. Zimmerman (New Era, June 1978) that talked about the lights and even more history. Like...did you know that there are two "record stones" that are like time capsules on the temple? One of them is the ball on which Moroni rests and it has several things inside.
"The ball or capstone on which Moroni rests is a second record stone. It contains music composed by C. J. Thomas entitled the “Capstone March”; the “Temple Anthem,” with words by C. L. Walker, music by Evan Stephens; a polished brass plate; as well as the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Voice of Warning, Spencer’s Letters, Key to Theology, a hymn book, a compendium, and some other works. Also sealed in this record stone are pictures or photographs of Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smith and a photograph of the Salt Lake Temple as it then stood."
I'll let you read the article to find out where the other record stone is in the temple.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mushroom Turnovers

I have had this recipe so long that I don't even know where I originally found it. The crust is soft and rich and I love the thyme and mushroom combo in the filling. For my daughter's 16th birthday recently, she requested just these mushroom turnovers and a spinach salad. My kinda meal!

Mushroom Turnovers
Cream Cheese Pastry:
8 oz. cream cheese                                          
½ c. margarine
1 ½ c. flour

     Have cream cheese and margarine at room temperature.  Put into bowl and beat together well.  Mix in flour.  Shape into ball.  Chill at least 1 hour.


3 T. margarine                                                  
1 lg. onion, finely chopped                               
½ lb. fresh mushrooms, chopped                     
2 T. flour                                                          
1 t. salt
¼ t. pepper
¼ t. thyme
¼ c. sour cream
1 egg, beaten
            Preheat oven to 450º.  Combine margarine, onions, and mushrooms in frying pan.  Sauté about 10 minutes until tender.  Add flour, salt, pepper and thyme.  Stir together.  Add sour cream.   Stir until thickened.  Remove from heat.  Cool thoroughly.
            Roll pastry fairly thin. Cut into 3" rounds.  Place 1 t. filling in center of each circle.  Dampen outer half edge with beaten egg.  Fold over and press edges together with fork or fingers to seal. Arrange on greased baking sheet.  Cut tiny slits in top of each.  Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

           *2 (10-oz.) cans of mushrooms can be substituted for the fresh mushrooms.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Utah Local: Fotochic Photography

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Utah Local post to share something great in Utah. This is Fotochic Photography, a photography studio in Orem. I know the owner and one of the photographers personally and they are awesome, professional, talented and full of spunk. They love delivering high quality photos for long-time memories at a great price.

You should like them on Facebook so you can always see their great deals. They even have online booking at their website. How great is that???? I don’t know about you, but I always think of things I need to do when I’m in bed and it’s too late to call and talk to a person.  

They are located at 1629 North State Street in the strip mall on the northwest corner of 1600 North and State Street. They have fun, unique backdrops in studio and will also do outdoor shoots  -- families, seniors, missionaries, engagements, babies, children… They do it all. And when you walk into the studio, you can't help but laugh at the unforgettable photo they have on the wall. I won't spoil it for you.

And right now they have an awesome deal for members of the military or first responders. July 1st – July 3rd all service members and first responders and their immediate family can have a FREE photo shoot. Please pass this info on so that many of those people who sacrifice so much for us can take advantage of this deal.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Smoke Alarm

A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream that echoed what I was feeling in my awake hours, just in a different way. In the dream, my kids and I were all in bed and I heard the smoke alarm go off. It was loud and constant and I immediately jumped out of bed. I ran to my children’s rooms to make sure they were out of bed and coming downstairs and outside, as I’m sure they would due to the piercing warning of the alarm. Two of my three children were up and worried, but my other child remained in bed, still sleeping. I told the two who were awake to go outside and we’d be out soon.

I tried waking my daughter, but she barely moved. She finally responded to my pleadings to get up with, “I don’t hear anything. I’m tired.” I couldn’t believe she couldn’t hear it. I knew my other children had so it wasn’t my imagination and the sound continued on. “I’m fine here in bed. Leave me here. There is no fire.” I was panicked because she would not move and did not feel the urgency and reality that I did.

Then I woke up.

This is my child who in real life does not like rules and who thinks they are lame.
There are many alarms in this life, like the Holy Ghost, words of the prophet, scriptures, guidance from our parents and other loved ones. Sometimes we can’t see the fire, but if we heed the warnings that come, we won’t be burned.
But it isn’t enough that the alarm is going off. In order to avoid the danger,

--We must hear it.

--We must believe there is danger.

--We must act.

If we do not do our part to stay close to our Father in Heaven and be worthy of the Spirit, we are often too far removed to hear the warnings. Even if we hear a warning, maybe from a loving parent or friend who wants to help, if we do not believe that there is danger, the warnings mean nothing to us. And if we do hear the warning and believe there is danger, if we do not act and move away from the danger, fortifying ourselves, the warnings are no use to us.

Agency is an integral part of our Heavenly Father’s plan. We must each choose how we will respond to the alarms and dangers in our lives. No one can pull us to safety. It is my responsibility as a parent to teach my children all that I believe our Heavenly Father expects of them and the paths that will lead to happiness and freedom instead of bondage and sadness.

I’m grateful for the alarms that have guided me away from dangers. I will continue to try to warn my own children from dangers they perhaps can’t see yet, and pray to hear more warnings now and in the future.

D&C 88:81 “Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.”


Friday, June 13, 2014

Easy Chocolate Pudding

Just a couple of days after my oldest son graduated from high school, he had his wisdom teeth removed. Poor guy! So he ate soft foods for days and I tried to give him a variety of healthy things, but also some treats. The original recipe that I found at Chow Times called for whole milk, but they used 2%. I actually used skim milk for a lower fat dessert. It may have been less thick than it was supposed to be, but we liked it. I used almond extract instead of vanilla and you can easily use peppermint or another flavoring to change it up.

I took the pudding and made little parfaits with coconut and sprinkles, but you can use all kinds of yummies like fruit and nuts!

Easy Chocolate Pudding
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar
1/8 t. salt
3 c. milk
6 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or good chocolate chips)
1 t. pure vanilla extract

Combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt in large bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk, scraping the bottom and sides with a spatula to incorporate the dry ingredients.

Place the bowl on top of a double boiler over gently simmering water and stir occasionally, scraping the bottom and sides with a heatproof spatula. Use a whisk as necessary should lumps begin to form.

After 15 to 20 minutes, when the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of the spoon, add in the chocolate. Continue stirring for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until the pudding is smooth and thickened.

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve warm, or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to chill before serving.